Happy 2018 to you all!

What with black ice and snow in December, Storm Dylan, and forecast rain for today – we weren’t quite sure what to expect for our New Year’s Day ride today – but in the end we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the year

At the start of our new years day ride
A dozen riders gathered at the start

With light winds and (mostly) sunshine, we had pretty good weather, and despite a few people who had cried off due to illness, we had a nice round dozen turn up ready for our ride down to Caerlaverock.

Last year we went out via Bankend and back through Glencaple, but this year we decided to ring the changes and do the route the other way around. With Dock Park and the Kingholm Quay path full of dog walkers and other people getting out in the sunshine while it lasted, we stuck to the (very quiet) road down to Kingholm and then followed the Glencaple Road which was also mercifully quiet.

Regrouping briefly at Glencaple we then made pretty good progress along the coast road and then down to Caerlaverock WWT, arriving just after the lunch menu had started (although they had *still* managed to run out of the advertised soup …). It took a while to get all the orders in, but once sat down and enjoying our hot drinks and with the chat flowing it didn’t seem too long before everyone was fed and watered.

after lunch
The traditional after-lunch group shot.

With perfect timing, the rain started as we were in the cafe, and had finished by the time we had had lunch so although the sunshine had largely gone, we were at least largely dry for the ride back. Once again, everyone seemed happy to go at the same pace – at least according to the Cycling Dumfries time-honoured technique for gauging whether the pace is right or not (if you can’t hear everyone chatting behind you it’s got too fast).

Once up the hill past Bankend, we came back through the Crichton (where it turns out everyone had their own pet route through so we splintered a bit – something to note for future rides!) and Castledykes park back onto the cycle path and the point where we had begun. All in all, a very enjoyable start to the year and a great way to blow away those winter cobwebs.

Our next ride will be at the end of the month – celebrating Rabbie Burns with a ride out to Brow Well on Sunday 28th Jan. Please join us!


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